Terracotta dinos (mixing bowl)

Attributed to the Polyteleia Painter

Period: Transitional

Date: ca. 630–615 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Corinthian

Medium: Terracotta; black-figure

Dimensions: H. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); diameter 12 in. (30.5 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Louis V. Bell Fund, 1997

Accession Number: 1997.36


The finest vases from the region of Corinth are generally datable to the seventh century B.C. This dinos, a bowl for the mixing of wine and water, is decorated with panthers, sphinxes, goats, and lions in two horizontal bands. Each beast stands distinct from the other, marching in measured rhythm with rosettes and scrolls scattered around them. The images and design derive from Near Eastern traditions.